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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1926-S 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3959
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
970,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$322,000 • NGC MS66 • 4-1-2008 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 11,000 R-2.9 43 / 69 TIE 44 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 6 / 69 TIE 6 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 4 / 69 4 / 72
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:3503, $79,312 - Heritage 4/2013:4162, $76,375

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:3503, $79,312 - Heritage 4/2013:4162, $76,375

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1926-S is rare in lower circulated grades and very rare in circulated grades of VF20 or better. It is really rare in mint state condition and in Gem MS65 it is the rarest non-variety Buffalo nickel and as such it is one of the most important rarities of 20th Century numismatics. I have never seen or heard of a specimen grading above MS65. Strike can be somewhat of a problem with this issue, but not as much so as with the 1920-S, 1923-S and 1925-S. It's not the strike, it's the fact that not many Gem examples exist at all. Luster is of the subdued semi-satiny type. Excluding the 1918/7-D overdate, this issue is THE key date to the Buffalo nickel series.